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ICAEW updates guidance on engagement letters


Published: 13 Apr 2021 Update History

ICAEW’s Technical Advisory Services has updated its support for practitioners on client engagement letters relating to tax services. The Tax Faculty highlight the key changes.

To support practice firms, ICAEW publishes guidance on what to include in engagement letters, including sample wordings to help firms draft letters for different services.

On 7 April, ICAEW updated much of its guidance on tax-related engagement letters. The key change has been to offer additional support on engagement letters relating to VAT returns following the introduction of the Northern Ireland protocol.

Part 2 L of the guidance, which covers VAT returns, was previously split into two schedules – “A” for clients not subject to Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT and “B” for those who operating within MTD for VAT. Part 2 L has now been split into four schedules offering tailored guidance depending on whether the client (MTD participant or not) is established within Great Britain or Northern Ireland

Minor amends have been made in light of legislative changes to guidance on:

ICAEW members can view and download all the updated helpheets and guidance at icaew.com/engagementletters.

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